OpenOffice 3.0 RC2 is an open-source, multiplatform and multilingual office suite comparable with MS Office.

It is compatible with all other major office suites and is free to download, use, and distribute. It was previously known as StarOffice before it became an open-source project. OpenOffice comes with OpenWriter - a word processor, OpenCalc - a spreadsheet and OpenImpress - a presentational package.

* The first office suite to use the new OASIS OpenDocument format, the future-proof international standard for office software
* Easy to install, with a whole new look and feel, matched to the type of computer in use
* More intuitive, more easy to use than ever, with a host of new usability features
* Complete with Base: an easy-to-use database manager with a fully integrated database
* Compatible with other software packages - now understands even obscure and rarely used features in major competitors.

You may download completely free of any licence fees, use it for any purpose - private, educational, government and public administration, commercial - and pass on copies free of charge to family, friends, students, employees, etc.

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What's new in 3.0 RC2:
· Sheet names can contain almost any character.
· ADDRESS and INDIRECT support additional parameter for A1/R1C1 notation.
· ODFF: automatic intersection !! operator.
· New: XML Document's XForm models support "internal" vs. "external" data.
· Change to table view when a new database was created by the db wizard.
· INDEX() function supports return of an entire vector of a 2D array.
· GCD() and LCM() convert arguments to integer.
· LOOKUP in columns of a row if range is wider than tall.
· INDEX of vector needs just one offset parameter.
· COUNT ignores error results.
· Adding MS Access databases in Writer now possible.